When it comes to your carpets, pets, kids, and time certainly aren’t on your side. You may be cleaning your carpet on a regular basis but as you clean over the years, stains, odors and debris and become entrenched deep into the fibers making it change colors and lose it’s overall feeling of clean.
Hiring a professional to clean and even maintain your carpets can become a costly investment and let’s face it, doing it all yourself can take a lot of time that you probably don’t have.
The good news for you is that it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money to get your carpets clean again. There are are already products in your home along with a few you may need to purchase for a small price that can clean with the same amount of power as the major name brands, but for half the price-or less. To accomplish this, you will need the following products and equipment:
- White Vinegar
- Vacuum Cleaner
For tougher issues and best results you may want to rent a steam carpet cleaner from your local grocery store, simply because of the fact that it has more power.
Step #1: Vacuum the designated area multiple times so that it’s free of dust, dander, pet hair, and any other type of debris.
Step #2: Now it’s time to get mixing. Conjoin 1/4 Borax, 1/4 salt, and 1/4 white vinegar until it resembles a paste and apply directly to the soiled sections of your carpet and/or the stains.
Let the solution sit for a few hours, depending on the extremity of your stains. Lighter stains should take a lesser amount of time than those that are bigger and tougher to remove. Vacuum over the applied area after it dries and repeat if necessary.
Step #3: If you choose to use a steam cleaner here’s where it’s going to come in. Instead of using any cleaning shampoo fill the machine with very hot water, taking extreme caution of course. Believe it or not, the temperature of the hot water can get the majority of grit out on it’s own.
For really tough stains, white vinegar can be added into your steam clean machine. The best ratios to follow are typically 1 cup of vinegar to 2.5 gallons of water.
If you really want to get your carpet clean, run the steam machine over the area more than one time.
Step #4: Allow your carpet to dry and if you need to put any furniture you may have moved during the process back in it’s place, use aluminum foil to put underneath it to prevent it from getting wet as well. Try to avoid walking on your wet carpet at all costs to avoid stains and a wasted day of cleaning.